21 May 2018


The last group of Alitalia cadets have completed their training at EAT.  The ten cadets were ‎the seventh and final group to complete the training which is delivered at the EAT flight ‎school in Al Ain. The cadets who were enrolled on the Multi Crew Pilot License (MPL) course ‎have on completion of the basic phase returned to Italy to commence with the ‎intermediate and advanced stage of the training. The Alitalia cadet pilot initiative has ‎seen 61 cadets successfully complete the training at EAT.‎



21 March 2018 


Abu Dhabi - As airlines continue to expand the global reach of their net­works, as well as the size of their fleets, the need for more aviation talent is clear. In fact, according to the latest figures from Boeing's Pilot and Technician Outlook 2017-2036, the US-based aircraft designer and manufac­turer noted that between now on 2036,  the aviation industry will need to gener­ate more than 2 million new commercial airline pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew. Of that total, the industry forecast of per­sonnel demand predicts a need for 637,000 new commercial airline pilots over the next two decades. Ranking fourth in terms of global demand for pilots, the Middle East will need to generate 63,000 pilots. The Asia Pacific region leads with a requirement for 253,000 new pilots, while North America and Europe require 117,000 and 106,000, respectively. Last month, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Aviation group relaunched its flight train­ing academy under a new name, Etihad Aviation Training (EAT). Previously known as Etihad Flight College, the rebranded aviation training organisation has now opened up its programme to external customers. While Etihad Airways has to date been the organisation's largest customer, the move has enabled EAT to tackle the rising demand for industry training world­wide, though the key focus areas will be the GCC, Europe, Indian sub-continent, Africa and Southeast Asia. ''We are fortunate to have our largest customer right on our doorstep, however in order to build our third-party customer portfolio we have installed a commercial team capable of taking our ATO to the next level," comments Paolo La Cava, Di­rector of Etihad Aviation Training. ''The real challenge lies in the long-term retention of the third-party customers that can only be achieved through flexible yet tailored products and a refreshed mindset of all the employees within EAT to focus on customer needs and requirements." Based in two locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, EAT's portfolio of training products and services include everything from airline training to type rating, cabin crew safety, instructor training, and aircraft maintenance. EAT's offerings also include Multi­ Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) programmes, which are delivered through the company's Flight Training Organisation based in Al Ain. The organisation also offers a number of cadet packages,  the most successful of which is the UAE National Cadet Pilot Training programme. To date, 231 UAE nationals have graduated from programme, 91 of who are active flight crew with Etihad. EAT's director shares that another 200 plus cadets are expected to graduate during the 2018 to 2022 period. The flight academy has also contin­ued to expand its capabilities, a recent addition to its portfolio is the Evidence Based Training (EBT) recurrent train­ing programme that was implemented by Etihad Airways. "All of the EAT instructors are quali­fied to deliver this training experience, the aim of which is to identify, develop and assess the competencies required by pilots in order to operate safely, effec­tively and efficiently in a commercial air transport environment,"  explains Cava. "Fundamental to EBT is the concept of 'resilience'; the ability of crews to bounce back from an adverse situation and produce a safe outcome. EBT aims to improve pilots' resilience through developing the underlying competencies that assist in managing any situations they may face." Another area EAT has looked at is in­creasing the number of flight simulators it has on offer. Currently, the flight academy operates 10 full-flight simulators, while an additional two devices are expected to be launched later this year. This will include the first Airbus A350-900 simulator and a third for Boeing 787-9 aircraft. When pressed on his viewpoint on how pilot training had changed in the last few years, Cava notes the management of threat and safety events by pilots contin­ues to be a key focus area. However, as it is impossible to effectively predict all potential hazards down the line, he asserts that modern training philosophies have prioritised, "the development and assess­ment of defined core competencies." "Mastery of a finite set of competencies can allow a pilot to effectively man­age any previously unseen potentially dangerous situation in flight. These philosophies use scenario-based events as a means to develop and assess crew performance across the range of compe­tencies," explains Cava. "Refocusing the instructor onto the analysis of the root causes of unsuccess­ fully flown manoeuvres in order to cor­rect inappropriate actions. This contrasts with simply asking a pilot to repeat a manoeuvre with no real understanding of why it was not successfully flown in the first instance", he adds (...)


Full article at:



2 April 2018 



Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –Etihad Aviation Training, part of the Etihad Aviation Group was delighted to recently welcome two New York University students who won the opportunity to accomplish their dreams through a unique flying experience in one of Etihad Aviation Training’s state of the art flight simulators.

The lucky undergraduate students (Romeno Wenogk Fernando & Krisztian Keszocze) had applied to the second round of Etihad Aviation Group’s acclaimed Fikra University competition, designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation within students across the UAE. and had won the flight simulator opportunity as part of a raffle open to all students who sign up to the Fikra University competition

Romeno and Krisztian enjoyed every moment in the flight Simulator. For Krisztian the opportunity was particularly exciting as he had always dreamt to be a pilot like his father.

Etihad Aviation Training provides opportunities to get the chance to fly with one of our highly experienced pilots. Who wants to be our next pilot?



29 March 2018 



To mark Emirati Children's Day on 22 March, and promote the UAE Reads initiative, Etihad invited seven-year-old Shaikha, daughter of our colleague Jameela Ahmed Mubarak Alameri, to live out her long-time dream of becoming a fire fighter trainer for cabin crew at the Etihad Aviation Training Academy. Shaikha was given an opportunity to experience fire warden training, which was led by Laura Radu, after which she enjoyed a book reading of the children's book "Who am I - Firefighter". The event was a collaborative effort between the Corporate Social Responsibility team and Etihad Aviation Training.




27 February 2018



ALITALIA MPL. TKI, Core and Basic phases at Etihad Aviation Training, a story of success

The relaunch of the Alitalia Cadet Pilot program was announced in 2014 as a joint initiative between Etihad Airways and Alitalia as part of three new professional long-term training programs.  The aim was to develop aviation industry future leaders and to showcase the best of Italy to the world.

A joint project team comprised of Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Etihad Flight College (now rebranded as Etihad Aviation Training – EAT) and the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) was set up to develop an MPL course for the first time in Italy. The initial objective was the development and implementation of an MPL training program modeled on Etihad Airways using shared resources and the expertise of Etihad Airways, Alitalia and Alitalia’s low cost carrier Cityliner. The aim of this initiative was to be the backbone of the overall Alitalia training strategy and to allow Alitalia to move towards meeting its strategic objectives whilst staying true to its Vision, Mission, and Core Values.

So far we have selected 60 Cadet Pilots from over 2000 applicants. The first batch of 24 Cadets started their Theoretical Instruction in September 2015 with the aim of graduating within two years. At Etihad Flight College (now EAT) we have found a strong commitment to delivering the best, strong and consistent MPL training to our Cadets, both in classroom and in flight training sessions. The Etihad MPL training Core and Basic phases ensure our graduates seamlessly transition into the Alitalia prescribed phases in a natural and logical continuous learning curve. After theoretical training, the program is based on using the DA42NG as lesson one, giving the trainee a true airline style environment. Ops and briefing rooms, classrooms, SIM hardware and, of course, the instructors are all of extremely high standards. The operational environment at EAT flying school endorses an airline style way of handling all the flight school operations, giving the Cadets an authentic perspective on their life as a future pilot.

The first three courses of the first Cadet Pilot batch have all been successfully hired. They are operating on our regional subsidiary CityLiner on the Embraer175/190, as expected post their two years of training. The high quality of the operational experience gained at Al Ain enabled a full line release in the minimum sectors number expected.

At present we have 26 Cadets who are about to complete flight and SIM lessons in EAT, and we are waiting for them to continue this success story of joint training between Etihad Aviation Training and Alitalia Training Academy.


Capt. Renzo Voceri

Alitalia Head of Training